Vicky park was first opened in 1845 bordering Old Ford rd and Victoria Park rd. It is a great place to socialise and meet friends, it is very popular with runners and sun bathers as it has lots of thing to see including; the boating lake, children’s play area, Japanese pagoda, rose garden Victorian drinking fountain and bathing ponds.
London fields has one of London’s largest outdoor pools (lido)measuring 50m and it only costs £2:20-4:50 to use or less if you have a junior membership to GLC gym at Hackney baths.
On Saturdays London fields has a market at Broadway which sells lots of local hackney produce from over 100 stalls including I love hackney tote bags and international food. There a lot to see including street performers, musicians and people watching.
Columbia road flower market is open every Sunday until 15:00, it is a great place to go for window shopping in vintage shops and exploring the exotic and local flowers for sale. It is located of Hackney road by Shoreditch church.
City farm is located on Hackney road, it has been open for 20yrs giving people in Hackney the experience of a working farm and provide lots of community events and volunteering opportunities.
Ridley road has an international market with traders from the Jewish, Indian, Pakistani, Asian, African and Caribbean communities selling food, clothing and gifts. At weekends Ridley Road has become famous for its Caribbean music and food being featured in Time Out Magazine.
Hoxton street market is general market open Mon-sat (busiest on Saturdays), as well as the market Hoxton has become an extension to Shoreditch with interesting thrift shops, cafes and bars
The empire is a theatre that hosts productions such as RENT, Panto, African community nights and events for young people including music production and drama short courses/days.